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Mothers on low wages pay the most tax



5 June 2009

Australia's taxation system is sexist as mothers on low wages pay the most tax according to Professor Patricia Apps.

In an article in today's Sydney Morning Herald, Professor Apps says women earning low and middle wages are paying the most tax per dollar of income earned because of the complicated interaction between income tax and family payments.

"This new income tax system has shifted the overall burden of taxation towards two-income families on low and average wages and to working married mothers," Professor Apps said.

"If a father of a family with two young children is on $40,000 and the mother goes out to work and earns around $20,000, she can lose over 40 per cent of her income in taxes and lost benefits."

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